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Cougs struggle in first half, beat Fairleigh Dickinson by 22

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State Cougars got 10 points from Nikola Koprivica and nine from freshman Klay Thompson in beating Fairleigh Dickinson 55-33 last night in Pullman to improve their record to 2-0.

Coach Tony Bennett played five freshmen. Sean Baptiste scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Fairleigh Dickinson (0-2).

Washington State struggled offensively in the first half, shooting only 39 percent, but the Cougars' stingy defense made the difference, surrendering only 15 points.

Washington State got its offense on track in the second half, shooting 44 percent, while allowing the Knights only 18 points. Aron Baynes and Caleb Forrest each added eight points for Washington State. Baynes also had eight rebounds.

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